THE ORANG-U-CHANGE CAMPAIGN
Why Support ORANG-U-CHANGE?
Hello. Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my site. I am no creative writer so please stick with me as I write from my heart and muddle my way through this introduction. I have a huge passion for this beautiful planet, like many of us do and so I have created the ORANG-U-CHANGE campaign. I have started this because most of us, including myself have been walking around supermarkets for years, buying items that are destroying our planet’s rainforest at a disastrous rate with horrible consequences.
What Am I Buying that is Causing this?
Biscuits, cereals, bread, cakes, chocolate, shampoo, make-up, body products, soaps and detergents. Palm oil is in nearly everything we buy, a whopping 50% of our supermarket products contain it. Our demand for palm oil is so huge and consumption is set to double by 2050. The problem however is that the powers that be are choosing to cut down rainforest, the most precious, bio diverse land this planet has, in order to grow palm oil plantations. This is purely only for the financial gain of selling the cut rainforest timber that is cleared to then grow palm oil trees. There are other land types available that would be better to use instead!
Where in the World is this Happening?
Malaysia and Indonesia produce 87% of the world’s Palm oil, 41% and 46% respectively and so are losing their rainforest at a devastating rate as a direct result of our shopping habits, and the many brands we buy that don’t commit to using responsibly sourced palm oil.
Why is this Affecting the Orangutan Population so Severely?
Orangutans once lived across the forests of Asia but now can only be found on the two islands of Borneo (belonging to Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei) and Sumatra (belonging to Indonesia). Orangutans have lost 80% of their habitat in the last 20 years and are now critically endangered, facing extinction in the next 25 years if current deforestation continues.
What Does ORANG-U-CHANGE Want From You?
ORANG-U-CHANGE is looking for 1 million of us to donate £1 each. By donating £1 (the equivalent of your Palm oil containing biscuits). Your money will go to these four outstanding charities that work tirelessly to save Orangutans and their Rainforest.
And through OVAID, the Centre of Orangutan Protection based in Indonesia
Financially I will be completely reliant on achieving this goal through donations but I will be actively campaigning, setting myself challenges (please see Events) and collecting money in person too.